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Oxford Castle & Prison

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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All reviews guided tour malmaison hotel great tour spiral staircase interesting visit interesting history worth a visit worth the climb couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda rowland inmates molly
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Reviewed yesterday

Cool to see this r cent discovery and learn about 1000 years of its history. You also get great views when you climb the tower in the tour and our guide was fantastic and amazing with kids. He was full of some really interesting and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank elizabethmY3934WI
Reviewed 2 days ago

We really enjoyed this insight into Oxford's history, the English Civil War and UK prisons in the nineteenth/early twentieth century. A well-run exhibition, with a kind and attentive team ready to answer any and all questions - thank you very much!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Pippa B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You read and learn about the history of England fantastic to be at the location where so much happened. Our knowledgeable guide took us on a historic journey from the time before William the Conqueror to the closing of the prison. Well paced, taking into...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank KLMatsalleh
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We got to the castle and bought our tickets and were booked on a tour for 25 minutes later. Our tour guide Becky was great fun and very informative. There were 17 people in our group which was fine. Along they way you can have...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank richard-lisa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I did really enjoy the tour, filled in with interesting historical facts. It's not for the disabled as there are plenty of stairs and uneven surfaces. The steps up to the top of the tower are a bit claustrophobic too.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank hrk72
Reviewed 3 days ago

Built by the Normans in 1071 and a prison from the late 13th century right through to the end of the 20th century, this place has a lot of history! And our guide, Robin, did a great job in ensuring we got the full treatment....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank RLancaster44
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Husband and I enjoyed our visit to the castle. This was our first time to Oxford. The tour was really fun, we had Alistair who was lovely and really knew his stuff and definitely captivated his audience whilst telling us the castles history. The only...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank AfricanSun91
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice experience. If you can choose Alistair for guide. He is brilliant and love his job. You can spend night in prison hotel

1  Thank michal101978
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a very interesting tour, very informative and the guide Robbie made it fun and enjoyable, with great knowledge of the castle and prison. A good way to learn some of the history of the castle and Oxford in an hour. Would recommend.

Thank jordans759
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went for a tour with some friends who were visiting, and it was fab. The whole tour was informative and fun, and Phil was an amazing tour guide. I strongly recommend visiting!

Date of experience: August 2019
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April 29, 2019|
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Response from 641LucyM641 | Reviewed this property |
The main tower isn’t accessible for (I think) under 5’s. It’s also got a lot of steps in a tight spiral staircase. If any of your party can’t go up the tower then they put a video on downstairs for you to watch
Sue W
March 14, 2019|
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Response from stevemQ91UQ | Reviewed this property |
Yep. malmaison com Book direct with them for best prices!
February 11, 2019|
Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance